Celebrating 20 years of the London and South East History of Nursing Group

Dianne Yarwood 15 Feb 2021

Dianne Yarwood talks about the London and South East History of Nursing Group and how you can join.

Celebrating 20 years of the London and South East History of Nursing Group

Pictured above left to right, back, Gosia Brykczyska, Stephanie Kirby, Ivy Cooper-Barlow.  Front, Grainne Anthony, Edith Parker.  All present at the first meeting of the group.

This year we celebrate 20 years of the London and South East History of Nursing group. It was set up in May 2001 by Edith Parker, then Chair of the History of Nursing Society, with the aim of “enabling members to meet with others interested in history, to share interests and provide a time devoted to reflection, debate, argument and laughter.”  

Any member of the RCN from within London the East and South and East may participate, and those who are also members of the forum will receive related communications and updates.

The group has been generously supported by the London Region since its inception. 

To join the forum go to ‘my RCN’ and select it from the list of forums. From the outset, we have also engaged with others who share the interests of the group and they are welcome to attend the meetings and participate fully in its activity.

There is no formal application process. When attending the first meeting, or on hearing about the group, new members are asked for their contact details, including a telephone number, postal and e-mail address for the receipt of meeting notes and agendas. New members tend to be recruited informally or in response to updates on the forum web pages.

The group meets four times a year in the London Region offices at Cavendish Square. Usually on the first Thursdays of March, June, September and December, running from 3pm to 5pm (in 2021). The meetings start with a presentation by a member of the group, or an invited guest. This is followed by a business meeting with items such as updates from the forum Steering Committee or the Library and Heritage Centre. Information from conferences and any other related activity is also shared and there is always lively discussion and debate. 

Visits to museums and other related venues are arranged on an ad hoc basis and in the past have included the Nightingale Museum, the Parliamentary Archive and the Sisters of Mercy in Bermondsey. Although there are no costs associated with joining the group, visits to museums etc. will require the payment of entry fees.

In December 2020 the meetings moved on-line and are likely to remain there for 2021. The programme for the year is outlined below.

  • 4th March:  Gary Jones It’s not all blood and guts.  My amazing life as an A&E nurse
  • 3rd June:  Dianne Yarwood. Celebrating 20 years of the London & South East group
  • 2nd September:  Frances Cadd. Political nursing in twentieth century Britain.  A case study of the life and work of Avis Hutt
  • 2nd December:  To be confirmed.

Dianne Yarwood,: Group secretary

For further information e-mail us at honf@rcn.org.uk and please write ‘Re London and South East Group’ in the subject line.

Dianne Yarwood

RCN Forum Member

Retired nurse educationalist, nursing history enthusiast.

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